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Activities for Families and Groups in or near Killarney

There are many activities to take part in while visiting Killarney. As you will see from our long list of sights, attractions and leisure pursuits shown under our website heading ‘Killarney’, Killarney Holiday Cottages offer you an ideal base for families and groups to enjoy a fun filled holiday break. Lots of families and groups often ask us ‘What it there to do with children or part of a group in Killarney ‘?

Here we share some of the most popular activities our guest feedback has shown visitors enjoy during their holiday breaks with us here at


Killarney High Ropes Adventure Centre

Killarney High Ropes Adventure Centre has proven to be very popular with both the young and slightly older members of many families staying in our holiday homes. Killarney High Ropes Activity Centre offers a number of great activities for individuals and groups of all sizes and ages. Their huge high ropes course climbs from a 4 meter starting platform to over 10 meters high above the forest floor! The course offers more than 30 different challenges from huge ziplines , to wobbly planks , rope swings and more. The course is brilliant for families , individuals , groups and teambuilding – once you are over 1.4 meters tall !

For the younger visitors there is a brilliant safe low level ropes course which kids from the age of 5 can enjoy. Here the kids can enjoy all the same fun of high ropes but only 1 meter above the ground , all harnessed up and safe , with parents and instructors close at hand to reassure and help.

Newly added Splatmaster Paintball offers all the thrills of paintball but without all of the pain. Low impact guns and paintballs mean that kids from ages 9 and up and even adults can join in the fun too! The huge spooky paintball zone will keep your sharpshooters busy for hours. Are you a budding Robin Hood? Then why not check out their archery range at Play At Height : Killarney . The archery range is nestled in a beautiful old walled garden area where you can learn the skills required to be a top notch archer ! Killarney High Ropes is one of the most popular activities for families among our guests. See to book a really enjoyable group day out.

Images courtesy of management at Killarney High Ropes.

Kennedy’s Pet Farm

Kennedy’s Pet Farm is an all-weather pet farm & playground and is perfect for a family day out. It is conveniently located just 5 miles from Killarney on the Killarney Cork Road within a short driving distance from our holiday homes and is also very popular with families with younger children holidaying in our homes here at Killarney Holiday Cottages.
This awarding winning pet farm is a haven for energetic kids and provides a chance for parents to relax and unwind. It is a great attraction for both young and old the advantage of all weather facilities, indoor playgrounds & indoor little stars play centre provide an exciting family day out. A perfect setting for your kids to snuggle up and cuddle or feed the large variety of animals on offer from deer, pig, piglets, horses, foals, calves ,sheep, lambs, goats, kids, donkeys, pot bellied pigs, rabbits, duck, ducklings, geese, to peacocks. Kennedy’s Pet Farm is truly a great day out ! See

Images courtesy of Kennedy Pet Farm Killarney.


Killarney Tourist Train

Killarney Touruist Train provides a novel means of travel for children and adults in an unique way of seeing what  Killarney has to offer its  visitors and runs lovely train rides four times a day of Killarney Town to Muckross House & Gardens, Muckross Farms and Ross Castle. Its family friendly all weather carriages with full onboard commenatary and music are buggy friendly as well as wheelchair friendly. It has numeeroous stops along the way and you pick up the train at The Lake Hotel across the road from our homes or at the Gleneagle Hotel just a few mins walk from the entrance to our holiday homes here in Muckross.


Killarney Ghost Tours

Killarney Ghost Tours was born out of a desire to promote the wonderful rich story telling tradition of old Ireland. Explore local historical sites and hear not only the history but the rich myth and legend associated with these sites. The fuel of many a fun and fright filled night. This tour runs seasonally from June to September and is outdoor so appropriate attire is advised.

Hear about:
Dracula’s association with Killarney
Legends of the Lakes
Murder most foul
The Faiery Folk and more all delivered with a rich helping of humour.


Bike Hire & Cycling in Killarney

Bike hire is available within a few hundred yards from the entrance to our holiday homes on your right hand side. Bike hire is also available at O’ Sullivan Cycles in Killarney town who carry a large range of bikes to suit from the very young to older members of your family. have a very good website which shows some of the many cycling routes around Killarney.

Cycling is one of the most popular ways to enjoy the beauty Killarney has to offer and you will see many guests using bicycles here in Muckross. A great family activity and you are in the absolute ideal location here in Muckross when staying in our homes to enjoy the many cycle paths in and around Killarney National Park with its vast 25,000 acres of wooded beauty, Lakes, forests, Muckross House, Traditional Farms, Ross Castle, Meeting of the Waters etc…. A lovely cycle from Muckross to Dinis Cottage we highly recommend for families or groups as you traverse the national park through natural woods& Lake views on safe cycle paths to reach Dinis Cottage where a nice cup of hot chocolate and homemade cakes and snacks await you on arrival.


 Valentia Island Water Trampoline & Sea Sports

We have received excellent feedback from guests of our homes who have visited Valentia Island Centre and experienced many of the water activities on offer there. The water trampoline has proven to be a big hit with many families staying in our homes.

Valentia Island Sea Sports is located on the seafront in Knightstown, it soffers a wide variety of summer camps for all age groups from four to sixteen years of age. These camps include kayaking, canowing, rock climbing, abseiling, crab fishing, water volleyball, sailing and of course, lots of fun and games on their twenty five foot water trampoline.

There are I.S.A. approved levels one, two and three. Sailing and power boating courses are also run throughout the summer months. Kayaking and water trampoline are also open to the public daily, with wetsuits for hire. All activities and public hours are fully supervised by qualified instructors. Activities include Water, Adventure Park, Canoeing, Kayaking, Power Boating, Rockclimbing, Sailing & Abseiling.



Star Outdoor Activity Water Centre Kenmare

The Star Outdoor Activity Centre provides activities for the young and the young at heart ! Great Family or Group Day out assured at nearby Kenmare only 25mins drive from our holiday homes at is a lovely picturesque little town a short drive over the mountain through Moll’s Gap and is an ideal way to spend a day while staying with us here in Muckross. A visit to Star Outdoors will provide hours of endless fun and activity for all the family and a stop- over on the way home to sample some of Kenmare’s top gourmet restaurants is a must do while visiting this well known foodie capital.

Activities of all sort are available at Star Outdoors Kenmare. Whether you are an avid sailor, skilled mountaineer, a seasoned canoeist or a beginner looking for a new hobby, Star Outdoors Kenmare has something for you.

Activities can be taken as hires, such as kayaks or pedal boats or under supervision such as an archery session or mountain biking. Land activities include Archery, Paintballing ,Crazy Golf, Orientering, & Obstacle Course. No experience is required except a sense of adventure.

For fantastic fun why not sample some of the numerous water activities on offer such as Water Trampoline & Slide, Cruise Trips, Wildlife Sea Safari, Water Skiing, Wakeboarding, Banana Boat Rides, Sailing & Canoeing providing you with a wide selection of water based sports for all group or family sizes. Star Outdoor Activity Centre guarantees a great day out for all the family! Check out to book a fantastic family day out.

Images courtesy of Star Outdoors Kenmare.



Rainy Day Activities in Killarney

Aquila Club Leisure Centre just 600yds walk from our homes, guests can enjoy the huge 25m pool, gym, sauna, jacuzzi at discount rates. See our Leisure Activities section for further details.


Killarney Cineplex

Killarney Cineplex is a five screen cinema located on East Avenue Rd in Killarney town centre. Ideal for both adults and children for a good afternoon’s or night’s entertainment showing a variety of films for the young and older members of your family. For Killarney cinema times, latest listings or ticket booking call 0818 221 122 .


Buddies Play Centre

Buddies Play and Party Centre is a family run business located in the Woodlawns Industrial Estate on Park Road in Killarney. It is an 8000 square foot play centre dedicated to fun, there’s a cafe serving an extensive menu, an exciting and full filled play frame, a Toddler area with crazy car track, ball pit, slide and cosy corner. The Junior area includes 3 lane astra slides, dizzy discs, ball cannon, a sports area and much more, while their new attractions include a pirate party ship, a princess Castle and a Bouncy Carousel. An ideal indoor activity centre for the younger members of your family and so near our homes at


Killarney Shopping great for a wet day!

What about some shopping for the kids and all the family ? Killarney Outlet is a great place to spend a few hours for everyone in nearby Killarney. Take home some gifts for yourself, your friends or loved ones with a variety of outlet stores to choose from.

The Killarney Outlet Centre is Ireland’s Premier Outlet Centre, situated in the heart of Killarney just about a 5 minute drive from our homes in Muckross. The Centre is conveniently located in the centre of the town adjacent to the Bus Station and the Railway Station. Opened in July 1999, The Killarney Outlet Centre features a wide selection of stores including Ireland’s first Nike Factory Store and also includes a Blarney Woollen Mills Outlet Store.
Merchandise sold at The Killarney Outlet Centre is offered at discounts of between 30% – 70% off the normal retail prices, delivering huge savings on Designer Wear and Branded Goods all year round.
The Killarney Outlet Centre, which is a covered Mall, offers Disabled Access, On Site Restaurants, ATM, and ample Car Parking is open 7 days a week and Bank Holidays.Located near The Malton Hotel and The Friary Church in the heart of Killarney Town.


Killarney Falconery Centre

Killarney Falconery provides a great family day out. An once-in-a-lifetime experience to interact first-hand with one of nature’s top predators and viewing their aerial acrobatics and maneuverability in free flight against the backdrop of the MacGillycuddy Reeks which includes the highest mountain in Ireland namely Carrautoohill situated in Killarney.

They provide group and private hawk walks, set off around the beauty of Killarney’s lakelands to fly a hawk/or team of hawks and experience the unforgettable moment when a hawk swoops down from a tree to land on your gloved fist. Each hawk walk is an experience with a falconer and hawk, or team of hawks, all to yourself while spectators may accompany you at your invitation. All ages and abilities can be catered for with reduced rates for groups and families.

Killarney Falconery are very professional and excited about their craft and take their time to make you feel very comfortable around these magnificent birds of prey. For a truly amazing experience, Killarney Falconery is a great day out for all the family.


Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium

Come and see this amazing aquarium for yourself. Dingle is a great day trip idea when visiting our homes here at
Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium located at the heart of Dingle town on the Dingle Peninsula is a fun day out for all ages. Highlights include: The Polar Penguin Exhibition – state of the art enclosure with sub zero temperatures and cooled air where our 12 Gentoo Penguins live and play. The Sandtiger Sharks – Get up close and personal with these fearsome creatures, only a wall of glass stands between them and you! The Amazing Amazon Displays – Pacu, Catfish, deadly Piranhas to name but a few. Hands on experience at the Touch Tank – hold a starfish and stroke the friendly Rays. Walk through the Underwater Tunnel Tank – gaze in awe as a multitude of fish swim overhead. Displays including Nemo and Friends, Native Marine, Freshwater and Amazon. Browse through the Gift Shop and relax in the Harbour View Coffee Shop. Open all year round Dingle Oceanworld is an indoor aquarium and is exactly what to do if it rains.



Knocknagoshel Shooting Grounds

Located near Castleisland not far from our homes, this shooting range offers clay pigeon shooting, Archery and rifle shooting. The range is internationally recognised. Qualified instructors are on hand at all times. The shooting ranges are all enclosed so this is an ideal rainy day activity. There is floodlighting for the late evening making this an all year round activity. The clubhouse and shooting ranges are disabled friendly.